The excitement is palpable. Halloween is just around the corner, and many of our kids are ready to eat, drink and be scary. Before your family goes trick-or-treating, check out these tips from Kids for the Future’s therapists to ensure your child has a “fang-tastic” Halloween experience:
Be creative: Don’t let a wheelchair or walker stand in the way of your creativity! Instead, incorporate these items into your children’s costumes. With just a little imagination and everyday materials like cardboard boxes, craft paper or glue, you can create a fun and affordable costume from Pinterest.
Do a trial run: Before the big night, let your children try on or play in their costumes to see if any modifications (e.g., cutting tags, removing itchy layers) are needed. Talk to your children about what they may encounter on Halloween and practice self-calming skills in case they become frightened or overwhelmed.
Use a trick or treat card: If your child is non-verbal or has speech difficulties, print off a Trick or Treat card so he or she can still have the full trick-or-treating experience without the stress. (Hint: Check out this one from Pinterest.)
Look for teal pumpkins: Does your child have food allergies or sensitivities? The Teal Pumpkin Project is promoting inclusion of all trick-or-treaters by encouraging families to place a teal pumpkin on their porch or doorstep to indicate they have non-food treats available.
We hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween! If you have any questions about how to prepare your child for trick-or-treating or an upcoming holiday event, please contact Kids for the Future’s therapists at 870-633-1737.